Margaret E. Wagner – America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History

November 6, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to a time when the United States fought its first major overseas conflict, joining a fight idealized as making the world safe for democracy. Our guide on this journey is Margaret E. Wagner, a senior writer/editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office. She brings us America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History. This book is almost an art history museum sitting on your coffee table, offering up over 250 images, along with 4-color illustrations — many never seen before. Margaret Wagner has applied the talents she put into her previous books, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War; The American Civil War: 365 Days, and, World War II: 365 Days. She’s also co-author of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference and The Library of Congress World War II Companion.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:17:58 — 71.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Jim Leeke – From the Dugouts to the Trenches
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October 2, 2017 – Today, our time machine follows professional baseball players, onto the battlefields of Europe in World War One a century ago. We hear the story about how the game, players, fans and the War Department clash in From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War, by author Jim Leeke. Jim is a contributor to the Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Biography Project, as well as the writer or editor of several books on U.S. and military history. We chatted a previously with Jim about his Civil War novel for young adults: Matty Boy, and talked about a single, special game along the lines of today’s topic in his book: Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918. Which makes Jim, our three-peating guest. Find Jim on at or on Twitter @WW1Baseball.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:10 — 117.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick – World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War

May 29, 2017 – We’re uploading this episode for Memorial Day 2017, to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to the United States. Leading us on this trip into the past, is Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide, United States Marine veteran, and author of World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War. World War I has deep roots in the Empire State, which sent more men to fight than the other stars on the flag. Next-door New Jersey played a big role, as well, including Dean’s hometown of Cresskill, which was home to the sprawling Camp Merritt. When those men shipped out, they rode the rail line to Hoboken, a prime embarkation point for the doughboys, leading to General Pershing’s slogan that they’d be in “Heaven, Hell or (back home in) Hoboken” by Christmas. The area remained an important hub for men, prisoners of war, and recruiting throughout the conflict. Following the Armistice in 1918, the city sought to remember those who lost their lives over there, and erected more memorials for this event than any other. To mark the…

Jacqueline Wadsworth – Letters from the Trenches

November 9, 2015 – In honor of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day on November 11th, Bristol writer Jacqueline Wadsworth takes us back to “the war to end all wars” in Letters from the Trenches: The First World War by Those Who Were There. We hear from soldiers on the Western Front, Mesopotamia, Gallipoli, Italy, Northern Russia — and, of course, from the women and children suffering through the Great War back home. In addition to the book, you can visit for tons of additional content, and follow Jacqueline Wadsworth on Twitter @SoldiersLetters. Discover Your History magazine calls Letters from the Trenches, “A warm evocation of how ordinary people’s lives were affected by a devastating conflict,” and they highly recommend it. But Jacqueline’s book is more than a pile of letters, more than another poetic retelling of the romance and tragedy of the war. It’s a book where real people speak for themselves, as war upends their daily lives.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:21 — 50.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More